cor·​ti·​cal | \ ˈkȯr-ti-kəl How to pronounce cortical (audio) \

Definition of cortical

1 : of, relating to, or consisting of cortex
2 : involving or resulting from the action or condition of the cerebral cortex

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cortically \ ˈkȯr-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cortically (audio) \ adverb

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With displaced, there is no — or a minimal amount of — cortical disruption of the bone. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Kevon Looney injured: What the heck is a ‘non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture’?," 5 June 2019 Its physical substrate, the thalamo-cortical complex that provides consciousness with its highly elaborate content, begins to be in place between the 24th and 28th week of gestation. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why the Abortion Movie Unplanned Is Factually Incorrect," 16 Apr. 2019 This human-specific gene, called NOTCH2NL, began producing proteins involved in turning neural stem cells into cortical neurons. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Finding Human Ancestors in New Places," 15 Jan. 2019 Something felt unbalanced, as if a stealth assault had been made on the limbic system, the lacy cortical network that forms the architecture of our primal needs and emotions: pleasure, anger, fear. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Heart of Navajo Lands," 19 Oct. 2018 That includes evidence suggesting meditation may protect the brain from normal cortical thinning (a sign of cognitive aging) and improve cognitive performance in elderly people. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Meditation Can—and Can’t—Do for Your Health," 11 Sep. 2018 So don’t even think about fixing yourself a drone host milkshake or a cortical fluid syringe cocktail yet. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Everything You Need to Know About Westworld Season 3," 25 June 2018 Moreover, it was found that brown bears and cats had the the same number of cortical neurons. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Study Says Dogs Are Actually Smarter Than Cats," 18 June 2018 Their plan to pose as Chinese envoys very predictably fails, especially since the Shogun appears to be pulling a Bernard and leaking cortical fluid out of his ears., "Westworld Season 2, Episode 5 Recap: Maeve vs. Dolores," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of cortical

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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cor·​ti·​cal | \ ˈkȯrt-i-kəl How to pronounce cortical (audio) \

Medical Definition of cortical

1 : of, relating to, or consisting of cortex cortical tissue
2 : involving or resulting from the action or condition of the cerebral cortex cortical blindness

Other Words from cortical

cortically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cortically (audio) \ adverb

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